Shea's Teck Theatre

766 Main Street,
Buffalo, NY 14203

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Shea's Teck Theatre

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Built as the Music Hall in 1887, it was designed in a Romanesque Revival style by architect Richard Alfred Waite. It was remodeled in 1946 as Shea’s Teck Theatre to the designs of architect B. Frank Kelly. It was converted for 3-projector Cinerama in the 1950’s and ran all films made in that format (both 3 projector and single projector) until the Cinerama era was over. Subsequently it ran “normal” films on the curved screen leftover from “single projector” Cinerama.

The theatre was demolished in the aftermath of the destruction of Buffalo, N.Y. Main Street during the disastrous building of a subway system. Because of the extended construction public access to that and other historic downtown Buffalo theatres was totally cut off causing their bankruptcy and forcing the theatre going public to attend films in suburban multiplexes.

The lot where the Teck Theatre stood is currently empty and covered with weeds.

Contributed by E. Summer

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BoBlack
BoBlack on December 29, 2010 at 11:38 pm

I am looking for information on what was shown or played at the Teck Theatre in Buffalo, NY. I found tickets in a wall when I was remodling for a production called ‘Her Game’. Does anyone have information on what was shown or played there or about this particular production? I would like to find out the year.

LouB
LouB on January 1, 2011 at 8:16 pm

If my memory serves me,during the 70’s the Teck was having trouble getting first run films because the distributors were playing them in the suburban plexes.
The Teck began showing B movies, R rated adult films, and martial arts films.

wcjfrisk
wcjfrisk on April 12, 2011 at 8:56 pm

I got to explore and photograph the Teck in the late 1970’s. There was a huge attic space above the ceiling with ghost outlines on the walls where the balcony had been and bits of surviving decorative plaster that escaped the 1945 gutting of the building. The Cenarama booths on the sides of the theatre were quite far down the auditorium to get the throw correctly to the sides of the screen with flat windows at an angle to the sidewalls. As a Cinerama theatre it must have had a very tunnel like effect for the rear of the auditorium. The place was pretty dirty as well with a lot of air handling dust on the walls and ceiling.

GWTWTOO
GWTWTOO on July 9, 2011 at 8:20 pm

Would you still have those photos and be willing to share? I would love to see those? Thanks!

TivFan
TivFan on January 13, 2013 at 2:04 pm

I have a promotional postcard of the Cinerama film “Search For Paradise”. The back of the postcard states: TECK THEATRE 760 Main Street Buffalo 2, N.Y. MOhawk 4628 Exclusive Buffalo Home of CINERAMA I remember when the Main Street businesses were expropriated and torn down. I took pictures of the theatres (Century, Cinema) including one of the Teck marquee and entrance (similar to the Josker photo).

bnyboy
bnyboy on May 14, 2013 at 3:28 am

Known as Leow’s tech, in the 70s it showed all the 2nd- run movies. It also regularly had all the martial arts films of the day, including Bruce Lee and Sonny Chiba (Street Fighter). It was $2 admission and the movies would play back to back all day. Spent a lot of hours there.

Jon Lidolt
Jon Lidolt on May 14, 2013 at 3:14 pm

When Cinerama departed the Teck theatre standard 35mm and 70mm movies such as West Side Story and Ben-Hur were definitely shown on a flat screen. I was also fortunate enough to get to see genuine Cinerama films before the equipment was removed from the theatre.

alknobloch
alknobloch on May 15, 2013 at 3:53 pm

For a while when “Cinerama” was single projector 70mm (think ‘It’s a Mad Mad Mad Mad World’) they also ran standard 35mm scope on the curved screen. Saw Elvis in ‘Viva Las Vegas’ like that and it actually looked pretty good!

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on May 16, 2013 at 3:20 am

Scroll down to the second illustration on this web page to see the original appearance of the Music Hall, as it was called from its opening in 1887 until 1900. The massive Romanesque Revival pile was designed by Richard Alfred Waite.

This page has a photo of the auditorium as originally designed, strikingly different from the Streamline Modern interior created in its 1946 rebuilding as Shea’s Teck Theatre (which, according to this earlier comment by roberttoplin, was designed by architect B. Frank Kelly with interiors by Theodore P. Vandercoy.) The building fronting the auditorium was apparently also replaced at that time.

LeonNorman1814
LeonNorman1814 on July 11, 2014 at 1:42 am

Does ANYONE have a picture of the ‘Little Club’ at 750 Main Street a few doors down from Shea Teck? (Diane Duff’s Little Club 1983-1985) I’m doing research on Black Gay Clubs of the past in America and was told that in the 80’s for a two year period black gay couples (and other gay couples of course) were allowed to dance and hang at the Little Club. Trying to find an image of the building and came across the pictures of Shea Teck on this site. The Little had to be right there so just wondering if anyone might have a picture that shows more of the block? I even found an add saying after you watch Ben Hur stop by the Little Club. Any Help?

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